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Diligence

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Conscientious hard work and perseverance, particularly with regard to a relationship with God. In Scripture diligence is highly commended. It may, however, be misguided.

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Diligence and its results are commended

Proverbs 21:5 ESV
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
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Diligence contrasted with laziness

Proverbs 10:4 ESV
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
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Diligence is important in the outworking of one’s relationship with God

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Examples of diligence

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; the Levites; ; ; ; the Bereans

The apostle Paul:

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Diligence was a characteristic of Jesus Christ’s mission

Luke 9:51 ESV
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
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Misguided diligence

John 5:39–40 ESV
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
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